Harmonic 313 When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence

Harmonic 313 When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence
In the linear notes for When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence, the brainchild of Mark Pritchard and his Harmonic 313 project, Pritchard writes, "The whole process of modern music is heavily dependent on technology. The only organic element is the air molecules that vibrate." That's highly evident, given the nature of opening track "Dirtbox," a filthy number rife with gut-rattling bass and synth. Pritchard's delve into dubstep territory seems right at home on the Warp Records label, going against expectations and piecing together a patchwork of sounds and styles. When Machines is eerily reminiscent of fellow label-mate Flying Lotus' Los Angeles LP, employing slightly off-time beats throughout, giving it a gritty, organic feel, or pairing heavy distortion with delicate overlays, as found on "Galag-A." Pritchard has created a dark, rich soundscape for dubstep. This is a complex album accessible enough for those unsure of what to expect. (Warp)